Founded by Alice King in 1981, Alisan Fine Arts is a leading gallery in promoting Chinese contemporary art and New Ink Art. It has two locations: Central and Aberdeen in Hong Kong.
Alisan Fine Arts also represents some of the key players in Chinese avantgarde art movements, such as Li Shan—a founding member of the Political Pop movement in the 1990s renowned for his portraits of cultural figures and use of propaganda images—and Yu Youhan, who participated in Political Pop as well as the Shanghai Minimalist movement and is recognised for his circular motif.
Emerging artists at Alisan Fine Arts include Wang Mengsha, who reworks traditional depictions of court maidens and beauties and the landscape genre with her characteristic humour and calligraphic touch; and Chu Chu, who collapses boundaries between the various media of calligraphy, ink painting, photography, and oil painting.
In the 1980s, Alisan Fine Arts gained attention for hosting group exhibitions that introduced significant mainland Chinese artists to Hong Kong, notably A State of Transition: Contemporary Paintings from Shanghai (1987) and Modern Chinese Paintings: A Selection from Beijing, Hangzhou, Sichuan (1989). The gallery was also the first to present commercial exhibitions of Zao Wou-ki (1993) and Gao Xingjian (1996) in Hong Kong.
Over the years, Alisan Fine Arts has worked with other major institutions such as The Zhejiang West Lake Art Museum, Hangzhou; The Taipei Museum of History; and The National Art Museum of China in Beijing. Recent collaborations include Alisan Fine Arts Thirty Five Years at Hong Kong Central Library (2016) and A Legacy of Ink: Liu Shou-kwan 40 Years On at the Hong Kong Arts Centre (2015).
An active supporter of the Le French May arts festival—an annual event maintained by the Hong Kong French Consulate to introduce French culture to Hong Kong—Alisan Fine Arts has organised exhibitions of French and Chinese-French artists such as Pierre Soulages: Beyond Black (2019) and Shan Weijun: Between Light and Shade (2018).
Alisan Fine Arts has participated in international art fairs including ART021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair; Art Basel in Hong Kong; ART TAIPEI; Fine Art Asia, Hong Kong; Ink Asia, Hong Kong; Masterpiece London; Taipei Dangdai; and West Bund Art & Design, Shanghai.
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